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A tradition that feels as old as time is renewed as last season’s Gagarin Cup finalists face off to kick off the 2021-2022 season. Both teams enter the season with high expectations, and more than a few experts feel that both are still among the top 5 favorites across the league. A familiar face in Mikhail Grigorenko tags up with Swedes Lucas Wallmark and Joakim Nordström in joining CSKA straight out of the NHL while Avangard has done little to change its obviously homogenous line-up. Many believe Nail Yakupov’s preseason displays of skill have him primed for his best ever season as a professional.

Here’s hoping you’ll be part of the fun as a much anticipated season gets off to a fabulous start!

19:00: Avangard vs CSKA

About the game

Avangard is playing the first of three straight home games
CSKA is on a 1-game road trip.
This is Avangard’s third time opening up a KHL season. The franchise has one victory in those three match-ups, namely in 2020.
CSKA, on the other hand, is opening up a KHL season for the 6th time. However, it has only won on one occasion in those previous five season-beginning games.

Injury list

Avangard: Alexander Dergachev
CSKA: Andrei Svetlakov

Milestone alert

Forward Ivan Telegin who switched CSKA to Avangard this off-season is hoping to collect his 100th career KHL point (currently at 99).

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